Julie Drury is the inaugural Strategic Lead – Patient Partnership for the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. Julie is passionate about the patient / family / professional partnership and experience in health. In her professional role, she facilitates and provides the patient / family perspective and supports frameworks and strategies for patient partnership in health care policy, system design, innovation & improvement.
Prior to joining CFHI, Julie was a career public servant who worked as a senior advisor and director in strategic policy, planning and reporting across many different files – with an emphasis on building intersectional partnerships and teams. She developed the framework and strategy for including persons with lived experience into the policy direction of the federal opioids task force and is the former chair of the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council for Ontario. Julie also serves as a board director with MitoCanada Foundation and SKIP – Solutions for Kids in Pain, is a patient partner with Canadian Medical Association Patient Voice and chair of the Provincial Paediatric Palliative Care Family Advisory Council.
As the mother of a child who was diagnosed with SIFD, a rare form of mitochondrial disease, Julie has particular experience in system navigation, complex care, care coordination, palliative care, and patient safety. With over 12 years as patient / family advisor and leader, Julie is inspired to continue to mentor families on the navigation of the health care system, and to advocate for the role of patients and families in the health care system.